Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[in-ik-spen-siv] /ˌɪn ɪkˈspɛn sɪv/
not expensive; not high in price; costing little.
Origin of inexpensive
First recorded in 1830-40; in-3 + expensive
Related forms
inexpensively, adverb
inexpensiveness, noun
Synonym Study
See cheap. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for inexpensive
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • It has the advantage over other puddings in that it is inexpensive.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • Her gown was simple and inexpensive but it was stylish and becoming.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The furniture was of a dark nut-wood, and the articles few and inexpensive.

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • Life in the East, I had often heard, was singularly cheap and inexpensive.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • But they could prevent him from getting it to the mill by an inexpensive process.

    The White Desert

    Courtney Ryley Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for inexpensive


not expensive; cheap
Derived Forms
inexpensively, adverb
inexpensiveness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for inexpensive

1837 (implied in inexpensively), from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + expensive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for inexpensive

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for inexpensive

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for inexpensive